Portland events calendar - April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, Earth Day, and kids’ free events in Portland, Oregon.

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April 2016

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Wine tasting

April 1, 2016

1.6 mile NW

Get a taste from 22 Columbia Gorge wineries and hors d’oeuvres at Portland Grand Tasting at Castaway.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 31)

4.7 miles NE

Umbrella Festival is a circus and comedy show with acrobats, aerialists, and clowns, plus an adult cabaret night of drag and burlesque at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Auto parts swap meet

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 31)

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

Ghost conference

April 1 - 3, 2016

79 miles NW

Oregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, ghost tours, and social events in Seaside.

Scooter party

April 1 - 3, 2016

Portland locations

Spring Scoot is a weekend of rides and social events for riders of mopeds, scooters, and bicycles. Free.

Tulip festival

April 1 - May 1, 2016 (begins March 18)

35 miles south

See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Brazilian music

April 2, 2016 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles SW

Hear a wide range of roots jazz from Brazil at Sounds of Brazil: Dia do Choro in the Historic Old Church.

Women’s show

April 2, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Portland Women’s Expo features a fashion show, food samples, beer and wine garden, rock wall, and health & beauty products at Oregon Convention Center.

Holistic expo

April 2 - 3, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Body Mind Spirit Expo [sound on some PCs] has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at the Oregon Convention Center.

Ashland film festival

April 7 - 11, 2016

285 miles south

Ashland Independent Film Festival features world-class films, locally made films, after-parties, awards, and filmmaker panels in downtown Ashland.

A play about black ancestry

April 7 - 24, 2016

0.5 miles NW

Blue Door is about a successful mathematician visited by ghosts who help him embrace his cultural identity at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Northwest films

April 7 - May 26, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Northwest Tracking features movies by independent filmmakers living in the northwest states at Portland Art Museum.

Tour historic homes

April 9, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Portland locations

Get renovation ideas by visiting 7 restored, historic homes on the self-guided Old House Revival Tour.

Hardy plant sale

April 9 - 10, 2016

7 miles north

Shop for new and time-tested plants as well as garden art at Hortlandia, a plant and art sale run by Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Treasure-finding fair

April 9 - 10, 2016

7.1 miles north

Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Portland Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Portland Expo Center. Children 12 and younger are free.

Bridge to Brews

April 10, 2016

2 miles north

Run or walk the Bridge to Brews 8K/10K over the Fremont bridge and to a post-race party at Waterfront Park with beer tasting and live music.

Design week

April 15 - 23, 2016


Design Week Portland includes an opening party April 16, hundreds of free and cheap events and open houses (schedule), a pricey conference April 15-16, and exhibits in Pioneer Courthouse Square April 18-22.

Romeo and Juliet

April 15 - 23, 2016

9.9 miles SE

New Century Players perform Romeo and Juliet, the famous story by Shakespeare about star-crossed lovers, in Milwaukie.

Hard cider festival

April 16, 2016

70.1 miles east

Try samples from 20 cideries at Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, which includes art & food vendors, a kids’ area, and music from bluegrass to classic rock. No pets.

Orchid show

April 16 - 17, 2016

1.5 miles NE

See thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale at the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale, billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest, at Ambridge Event Center.

Earth Day

April 22 - 23, 2016

Earth Day is April 22. All events are free.

Free jazz

April 20, 2016 (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

12.6 miles NW

Hear pianist Darrell Grant and vocalist Marilyn Keller at Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus in the Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3.

Kayak & canoe event

April 22 - 23, 2016

14.4 miles north

Attend classes and demos both days of the Spring Paddle Festival, plus a Saturday evening Jantzen Beach Jamboree with music, food, and beer. Free.

Extreme motorsports race

April 22 - 24, 2016

Oregon locations

Oregon Trail Rally begins Friday evening at Portland International Raceway with a rally and driver meet & greet. Dufur and Hood River also host spectator events for this race on gravel logging roads.

Giant art show

April 22 - 24, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Local artists’ guilds join forces to sell ceramic, metal, wood, glass, bead, and hand-woven art at Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Rocks & minerals show

April 22 - 24, 2016

7.7 miles NE

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show features demonstrations, kids’ activities, and vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, and jewelry at Jackson Armory. Free.

Astoria seafood festival

April 22 - 24, 2016

87 miles NW

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival features coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, and wine tasting. Children are free on Sunday.

French dinner

April 23, 2016 (5:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

The Soirée Provençale by Alliance Française includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, and a live charity auction at Multnomah Athletic Club.

Taste unusual beer

April 23, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1.9 miles SE

Sample beer from a dozen brewers who add unusual ingredients (in addition to water, barley, hops, and yeast) at Reinheitsge-Not Beer Fest, with DJ music and brats for sale at Baerlic Brewing for age 21+.

Family bicycle fair

April 23, 2016 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

8 miles SE

Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Fair features a bike rodeo, map reading, route planning, minor bike repair, prizes, a helmet sale, and lunch for 120 people at Kelly Elementary School. Free.

Pet fair

April 23 - 24, 2016

7 miles north

Bring your pet to Northwest Pet Fair to shop for supplies, see a pet fashion show, play with pets, or even adopt at Portland Expo Center. Free.


April 23 - 24, 2016 (1 p.m.)

8 miles SW

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre showcases its best aspiring dancers at its School Performance at Newmark Theatre. In 2016, it is Coppélia, the playful story about an inventor and his life-sized doll that wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting couple.

Agricultural festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

46 miles south

Experience life on the farm. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, or even dig for potatoes at Oregon Ag Fest at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Tony-winning musical

April 24 - May 1, 2016

0.3 miles SW

The cast of In the Heights sings and dances to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Brunish Theatre.


April 25 - 26, 2016

0.5 miles NW

TechfestNW is a technology conference with speakers, parties, networking, venture capitalists, and a job fair at 128 NW 11th Avenue in the Pearl District.

Ceramics show

April 29 - May 1, 2016

1.3 miles north

Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest U.S. show and sale of pottery, has 150 Oregon and Washington artists at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free.

Wine weekend

April 29 - May 1, 2016

63 miles east

Gorge Wine Experience has 20 dining, tasting, touring, and talking events in Hood River and beyond.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 30, 2016 (9:30 a.m.)

6 miles SE

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is followed by a carnival and car show at Eastport Plaza. Free.

Garden fair

April 30 - May 1, 2016

25.1 miles south

Shop for plants and garden decor, eat at the food court, ask a master gardener questions, and choose from a dozen 10-minute classes at the Spring Garden Fair at the fairgrounds in Canby. No pets.
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